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Applied Physics B

, Volume 101, Issue 4, pp 723–729 | Cite as

Low noise amplification of an optically carried microwave signal: application to atom interferometry

  • T. LévèqueEmail author
  • A. Gauguet
  • W. Chaibi
  • A. Landragin
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Abstract

In this paper, we report a new scheme to amplify a microwave signal carried on a laser light at λ=852 nm. The amplification is done via a semiconductor tapered amplifier and this scheme is used to drive stimulated Raman transitions in an atom interferometer. Sideband generation in the amplifier, due to self-phase and amplitude modulation, is investigated and characterized. We also demonstrate that the amplifier does not induce any significant phase-noise on the beating signal. Finally, the degradation of the performances of the interferometer due to the amplification process is shown to be negligible.

Keywords

Microwave Signal Raman Laser Atom Interferometer Laser Setup Beat Note 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • T. Lévèque
    • 1
    Email author
  • A. Gauguet
    • 1
    • 2
  • W. Chaibi
    • 1
    • 3
  • A. Landragin
    • 1
  1. 1.LNE-SYRTE, Observatoire de Paris, CNRSUPMCParisFrance
  2. 2.Department of PhysicsDurham UniversityDurhamEngland
  3. 3.ARTEMIS–Observatoire de NiceNiceFrance

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